Unfortunately there are some dodgy operators out there, and as outlined in the accompanying video presented by Emma, our Principal Migration Agent, we help you sort the \u2018good\u2019 from the \u2018bad\u2019...\r\n\r\nShould I use a Registered Migration Agent?\r\nLet\u2019s start by explaining what we mean by a \u2018Registered Migration Agent\u2019. A Registered Migration Agent is someone who is legally allowed to give immigration and visa advice in Australia. Their qualifications have been approved by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA), and they have been given a listed number.\r\n\r\nHow do I know if my Migration Agent is registered?\r\nWell, the best way to do this is to follow the link to the MARA website. Find the \u2018I want to....\u2019 heading and click on \u2018Find an Agent\u2019 directly underneath this. Use the tabs and type the name or MARA number(also known as MARN) of the agent who is giving you advice. Here, you can ensure the agent is registered and has not been legally barred from giving migration advice. The page also provides a list of ALL of the people in Australia who are Registered Migration Agents.\r\n\r\nWhy should I check the MARA number?\r\nIt is a good idea to make sure the person who is giving you migration advice is in fact who they say they are. Unfortunately, there have been cases where fake agents have used another agent\u2019s MARA number to give the impression they are registered. Be aware of this and confirm your agent\u2019s MARA registered number, name and photograph as shown on the website (you can view the Freedom Migration Team's profiles\u00a0here) all match up with their details. After all, this is your future, your money and you do not want to be wasting it on a dodgy person who falsely claims to be a Registered Migration Agent.\r\n\r\nWhat is the risk of not using a Registered Migration Agent?\r\nThe whole process may be made more difficult for you if you use the services of someone who is not qualified as a Registered Migration Agent under Australian law.\r\n\r\nFor instance, using the services of someone outside of Australia who has not complied with the rules or requirements of the Department of Home Affairs to become an accredited migration agent might put your application \u2018at risk\u2019.\r\n\r\nMaking use of a Registered Migration Agent protects you, the consumer, as there are certain rules we Registered Migration Agents have to adhere to. For example, if we haven't complied with these rules as migration agents registered in Australia, we will face strict disciplinary action from the Authority. So, it is SUPER important if you are going to use a 'registered' migration agent, to ensure your agent REALLY is a Registered Migration Agent.\r\n\r\nAnd as mentioned before, the best way to check the credentials of your agent is to go to the MARA website.\r\n\r\nHow will I know the difference between a good agent and a bad agent?\r\nFirstly, all \u2018good\u2019, totally \u2018legit\u2019 agents will be registered and have a MARA number displayed on all their advertising. You can double-check their registration as discussed.\r\n\r\nSecondly, we\u2019d advise you to check out the public reviews of your agent\u2019s services on their Facebook or other social media pages. You can also Google your agent\u2019s business name to see what others have thought of their services. Any agent who \u2018guarantees\u2019 an outcome or advertises a success rate(i.e. 99% success) , steer away as by law it\u2019s illegal to provide a guaranteed outcome or advertise a success rate.\r\n\r\nLastly, a good tip is to look for an agent who specializes in the specific visa type you want to apply for. Being specialists in their field, they will probably have a lot of experience and be able to offer you your best chance at having your visa granted.\r\n\r\nAs always, we appreciate your comments and feedback. Don't forget to leave them in the comments below!\r\n\r\nPlease Note: This does not constitute immigration advice. Always seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent before applying for an Australian Visa. Migration Law is constantly changing. This information is accurate only at the time of publishing.